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England, as the mighty William and many others have observed, is an island. Therefore, if we are serious, if we are seeking to offer the thing itself, we in turn must go in search of a precious whatsit set in a silver doodah.Soon the perfect whatsit is found: the Isle of Wight; and a small army of Sir Jack's forces are sent to lay siege to it. Swept up in the mayhem are Martha Cochrane, a thirtysomething consultant teetering on the verge of embittered middle age, and Paul Harrison, a younger man looking for an anchor in the world. The two first find each other, then trip over a skeleton in Sir Jack's closet that might prove useful to their careers but disastrous to their relationship. In the course of constructing this mad package-tour dystopia, Julian Barnes has a terrific time skewering postmodernism, the British, the press, the government, celebrity, and big business. At the same time his very funny novel offers a provocative meditation on the nature of identity, both individual and national, as the lines between the replica and the thing itself begin to blur. Readers of Barnes have learned to expect the unexpected, and once again he more than lives up to the promise in England, England. But then, that was only to be expected. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
I would view this book like a sandwich with bread that has become a bit stale. Cut off the edges and you have a darn good meal. Read morePublished on May 6 2001 by Charles S. Jensen
Barnes is cute, totally lacking in substance. The characters are thin, the plot silly and the writing pretentious. Read morePublished on March 6 2001
In Julian Barnes' extremely cynical work, England, England we find, not only terrific one-liners, but the finest example of that driest brand of wit so peculiar to the British... Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2001 by Fiona McInerney
A stretch perhaps, but as it approaches Rhode Island in size, Statehood may be the viable alternative. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2000 by taking a rest
Julian Barnes didn't impress me much with his first book, "Metroland", so it was with some scepticism and doubt that I started on his 1998 Booker Prize nominated... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2000
I could not trust the brief from the hard cover editions, If you want to compare nationalistm, there is MAUVEIS SANG from Arthur Rimbaud. Mr. Read morePublished on June 10 2000 by Edgar Cabrera G